Sincerity in Charity

Sincerity shows its effect in everything. As long as it is given out with a sincere intention, the one who gives charity will be rewarded to the degree of their sincerity, even if the charity goes to one who is unworthy of it. According to the degree of one’s sin- cerity there arise positive tendencies towards goodness in those who are given the charity. The Messenger of Allah  has indicated this truth as follows:

“One time a man said: “I am going to give charity”.

That night he left his home with his charity and placed it in the hands of a thief without realising who it was. The next day the people of the town started to talk:

“What an amazing thing! Last night someone gave charity to a thief !”

The man said:

“O Allah! Praise be to you. I am going to give charity today as well”.

Again he left his home with his money and this time without realising it, he placed it in the hands of a prostitute. The next day the people of the town began to talk once more:

“It cannot be! Last night somebody gave charity to a prostitute”.

The man said again:

“O Allah! Praise be to you even if I have given charity to a pros- titute. I am going to give charity again”.

Again that night, the man took what he had set aside for chari- ty and left his house, this time placing it in the hands of a rich man. The next day the people of the town began to chatter again in amazement:

“What is this! Last night charity was given to a rich man!”.

The man said:

“O Allah! I am grateful to you for being able to give charity whether it be to a thief, a prostitute or a rich man.

As a result of the sincerity of this man, he saw someone in his dream say to him:

“Perhaps the charity you gave to the thief will embarrass him and stop him from stealing. And perchance the prostitute will regret what she had been doing and become a chaste woman. And maybe the rich man will take heed and give out to the needy from the wealth that Allah has given him”. (Bukhari, Zekat, 14)

And so these are the blessings of sincerity and true devotion… What is indicated in this hadith is the necessary sincerity and devotion that needs to be within the heart of the person who is giving charity. It also expresses the idea that intentions are better than deeds. However, let it not be assumed from this that it is a virtuous act to give out charity carelessly. On the contrary, when giving out charity and alms-giving, the believer should give it to those who are truly in need, and must search out the most worthy person if possible and give it to them.

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A smart believer should hurry to repent for his sins….

To delay making tawba by succumbing to the temptation of Satan is like wasting one’s life which is one of the worst things one can waste. A smart believer should hurry to repent for his sins and prepare himself for the moment of his last breath.

According to certain narrations a tailor once asked a righteous man:

“What do you have to say about the hadith of the Messenger of Allah which says: “Allah Most High will accept the tawba of a person while the soul has yet to reach the throat” (Tirmidhi, Dawat, 98/3537). That righteous man asked the tailor:

“Yes this is true. But tell me, what is your profession?”
“I am a tailor, I sew clothes”.
“What is the easiest thing about tailoring?”
“To take my scissors and cut the cloth”.
“How long have you been doing this for?”
“For 30 years”.
“When your soul reaches your throat will you be able to cut cloth?”
“No I would not”.
“O tailor! If you will not be able to do what you have been doing for 30 years with ease and which you struggled with for a while in order to learn to do, then how will you be able to make tawba at that moment if you have never done it in your whole lifetime? Make tawba now while you still have your strength and power! Otherwise forgiveness and a good end may not befall you at your last breath… Haven’t you ever been given advice to hurry to make tawba before death comes to you”. (Munavi, V, 65)?”

Upon this the tailor immediately repented with all sincerity and became a righteous man. The Prophet informed us that however people live that is how they will die and however they die is how they will be raised up”. (Muslim Jannah, 83 Munavi, V, 663)

 

Never to Give Up……………

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and begin to shovel dirt into the well.
At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly.Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that fell on his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and totted off!

Moral — Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick is to not to get bogged down by it.

We can get out of the deepest wells by not stopping. And by never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!

Story about using very bad language….

Mahmud was a very pious man, but he was not very attractive looking. One day, he was walking along the road, minding his own business, when a lady came up to him, and started calling him names and abusing him. This lady kept saying all kinds of nasty things, and Mahmud just listened to her patiently. Finally, when she was finished calling him names and abusing him, Mahmud just greeted her, smiled, and said
“and a nice day to you,” and continued on his way.

Why did Mahmud, the pious man, behave this way?

It is because he knew that everything she said was just a reflection of her own inner self.

If you use bad language, you are just making obvious to everybody how far away you really are from Allah, since your words are in reality a reflection of your own inner self.

from Irshad
by Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi

 

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Story using very bad language

Mahmud was a very pious man, but he was not very attractive looking. One day, he was walking along the road, minding his own business, when a lady came up to him, and started calling him names and abusing him. This lady kept saying all kinds of nasty things, and Mahmud just listened to her patiently. Finally, when she was finished calling him names and abusing him, Mahmud just greeted her, smiled, and said

“and a nice day to you,” and continued on his way.

Why did Mahmud, the pious man, behave this way?

It is because he knew that everything she said was just a reflection of her own inner self.

If you use bad language, you are just making obvious to everybody how far away you really are from Allah, since your words are in reality a reflection of your own inner self.

from Irshad
by Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi

The story of Abu Hanifa (radi Allahu ‘anhu), and his neighbor

It is well known that Abu Hanifa (radi Allahu ‘anhu), did tahajjut every night. He would spend his night reciting the Quran. He had a neighbor who was an alcoholic, and he used to drink a lot and sing love poems. This used to bother the imam.

But one day, the imam did not hear this man’s revelry, so he went and asked about him. They said, “Oh, so-and-so. They took him to jail.” So, the very well respected imam went to the jail. He was the most respected imam and qaadi at the time in that place. When the ruler found out the imam went to the jail, he asked for the reason and was told that the imam was concerned about his neighbor who had been arrested. So, the ruler said to release the man, and he was released.

The neighbor then asked Abu Hanifa why he did that, and he replied, “Because you have a right upon me as a neighbor, and I have not been neglectful of that.” That was the reason that the neighbor made tauba to Allah subhâna wa ta’âla [that is: embraced islam].

From LINK: Muslims Living in Non-Muslim Lands by Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah.

Story of Patience: A Thousand Dinars

Patience and firmness of faith during the pangs of difficulties and trials are indeed the traits of the Saaliheen (righteous ones). Without a doubt, Allah rewards those who fear and obey Him, observing Taqwa in even the toughest circumstances.

Indeed Allah, glory be to Him, says in the Qur’an: “And whoever fears Allah, He will make for him a way out [of every difficulty]. And He provides for him from sources he never could imagine. And if anyone puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is Allah for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion.” [Qur’an 65:2-3]

An example of such steadfastness and Taqwa is narrated by Imam Abu Jafar Mohammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari, reported in Sifatus Safwah. The Imam narrates:

In the year 240 Hijri I was in Makkah, where I heard a person from Khurasan announcing, “O pilgrims, whoever finds a purse containing a thousand dinars should kindly return it to me. May Allah reward you well!”
An old man from Makkah approached him and said, “O Khurasani, the inhabitants of this city are experiencing difficult times and the time for Haj is near. Perhaps it is in the hands of a believing man who will return it to you if you give him a portion of it, which will then be Halal (permissible) for him.”

The Khurasani asked, “How much does he want?”
The old man answered, “One tenth of it – a hundred dinars.”
The Khurasani said, “This I cannot do. But, I will hand the affair over to Allah Almighty.” They then separated.

Imam al-Tabari says, “I thought to myself that the old man had himself found the purse, as he appeared destitute. I followed him and my assumption was confirmed. He entered a very run-down old house and called out, “O Lubabah!”
From within, a woman replied, “I am here, Abu Ghiyaath.”
He said to her, “I found the owner of the dinars making an announcement for it, but he does not intend to reward the person who has found it. I suggested to him that he should give a tenth of it to the finder but he refused. What should we do as they have to be returned?”

His wife replied, “We have lived in poverty with you for the last fifty years. You have four daughters, two sisters, my mother and I to support. Feed us and clothe us with the money! Perhaps Allah will make you wealthy and you can then return it, or He will settle the debt on your behalf.”
But the old man refused, saying, “I will not destroy my last breath after being patient for eighty-six years!”

Imam al-Tabari continues, “The discussion then ended and I returned. The next day I again heard the Khurasani calling out, “O pilgrims who have come from far and near! Whoever finds a purse containing a thousand dinars should kindly return it to me. May Allah reward you well!”

Again, the old man approached him and said, “I have already advised you yesterday. Our city is in drought and the inhabitants are in poverty. I told you to apportion a reward of a hundred dinars for the honest finder who returns it to you, but you refused. Assign a reward of ten dinars. Perhaps the money will be returned to you and the reward of ten dinars will preserve the honor of the finder as well.”

The Khurasani said, “This I cannot do. But, I will hand the affair over to Allah Almighty.” Then they separated.

Imam al-Tabari says, “This time I did not follow the old man or the Khurasani, but continued with my writing. The next day the Khurasani again made the announcement. The old man again came up to him and said, “I first advised you to give a hundred dinars as a reward and then ten dinars. Now, I appeal to you to give only one dinar as a reward. With half a dinar, the finder may purchase a water bag which he can use to give water to the people of Makkah and thereby earn a living and with the remaining half dinar, he may purchase a sheep which will provide milk for his family.”

Again the Khurasani refused, “This I cannot do. But, I will hand the affair over to Allah Almighty.”
The old man then pulled the Khurasani, saying, “Come and take your purse so that I can sleep at night and I can be relieved of this burden.”

The old man led the Khurasani, and I followed them to the house of the old man. He entered and after a short while, asked the Khurasani to enter as well.

He dug open a small hole in the ground and removed the purse. It was black in colour and tied firmly with a string.
He asked the Khurasani, “Is this your purse?’
The Khurasani looked at it and said, “Yes. This is my purse.” He untied the string and emptied the dinars on to his lap. He then ran his fingers through them a few times and remarked, “These are our dinars.”

He placed all of them back into the purse, tied it loosely and rose to leave. As he reached the door, he turned around and said to the old man, “My father passed away – may Allah have mercy upon him – and left behind three thousand dinars. He instructed me to give a third of it to the most deserving person I could find. He also advised me to sell his conveyance and use the proceeds for my Haj expenses. I did as my father had said. I placed a third of his wealth, the thousand dinars, in this purse. Since I left Khurasan, I have not met anybody more deserving of it than you. Take it and may Allah grant you barakah (blessings) therein.” He then left, leaving the purse with the old man.

Imam al-Tabari says, “I l turned to leave but the old man followed me and brought me back. He made me sit and said, “I noticed you following me from the first day, and you are well aware of what has transpired between us up to now. I have heard a Hadith in which Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Umar says that the Beloved Messenger told Sayyidina Umar and Sayyidina Ali, “If Allah grants you a gift without you asking or requesting for it then accept it and do not reject it, as it will be as if you are throwing it back at Allah.” (Mujamul Awsat, Tabarani) This is a gift from Allah to everyone present here.”

The old man then called out to his wife Lubabah, his daughters, sisters, wife and her mother. When all ten of us were seated, he opened the purse saying, “Spread a cloth over your laps.” I did so. The women did not have excess clothing to do the same and so they spread their hands out instead. He then began handing out one dinar to each person. This continued until the purse was empty.

Imam al-Tabari says, “I was filled with more joy for them having received a hundred dinars than for myself.”

As I left the old man said to me, “Young man, you are blessed. I never seen such money in my life, nor did I ever hope of seeing it. Know that it is Halal and look after it. I used to perform Fajr Salah with this old garment and then remove it, so that the women folk could wear it, one at a time and perform their Fajr Salah as well. I would then go out to earn something between Zuhr and Asr Salah. At evening time, I would return with that which Allah had granted me. This would include some dates, cheese, pieces of bread and some discarded vegetables. I would then remove my garment and we would each take turns to perform Maghrib and Isha in the same garment. May Allah bless the women, myself and you with what we have received. May Allah have mercy on the deceased person, who owned this wealth. May Allah also reward the person who brought it to us.”

Imam al-Tabari continues, “I greeted the old man and left. For two years, I used the wealth to purchase paper, to travel and pay rental during my studies. After sixteen years, I returned to Makkah and enquired about the old man. I was informed that he had passed away a few months after the incident had happened between us. His daughters were married to kings and princes. His sisters, wife and her mother had also passed away. I visited the daughters’ husbands and children, and related to them the incident. They honoured me and treated me kindly.”